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2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women throughout the U.S. the constitutional right to vote. Oregon’s women gained that right eight years earlier in 1912. Women’s suffrage was voted on five times in Oregon before it passed the sixth and final time.
To celebrate the ratification of the federal amendment, the City of Portland Archives is highlighting Women in Portland in our new exhibit. We are focusing on ten women who have worked for the City or in the larger Portland community. Some are well known and others concealed by history, but all have contributed to the story of Portland. We found many images of women in our collection that remain largely nameless and we have included them too as a backdrop to our exhibit.
The exhibit features ten women who represent the important and diverse roles women played in Portland’s past. For some of these women we have extensive records. For others, their story has been patched together from pieces of information in documents, photographs and newspaper accounts. All of them have some connection to the City of Portland, whether they worked for the City, were surveilled by the police, were part of an urban renewal committee, or simply active in their community. These women’s stories are stories of Portland.
Drop by our office at 1800 SW 6th Ave to see the exhibit or see a smaller version of it in City Hall. Make sure you pick up one of the exhibit bookmarks; each one highlights one of the 10 women we have featured.
The Portland Archives & Records Center invites you to celebrate Archives Month with us by making art! Archives Month happens every October and is a time to celebrate the work that archivists do and the historical collections they manage.
What it is:
We’ve got the photos; you have the imagination. We want you to create something new out of something old, and we encourage you to have some fun with it. There are 10 historical photos to work with and you can use as many of the images as you want into your art.
How it works:
Anyone can participate, including students. To start your artwork, you choose from 10 preselected photos from our historical collections (available in Efiles) The work can be almost* anything - redaction poetry, GIFs, collages, coloring pages, creative writing, memes, or other creative interventions. Its art, so get creative! Each person can submit up to 3 works based on those pre-selected images.
A panel of local judges will select winners based on creativity and originality of the entry. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both adults and youth categories. There is also a People’s Choice award.
Go to the submission page for more details and a link to the pre-selected images.
Contest Opens – Monday, September 16th (8 AM)
Contest Closes – Tuesday, October 15th (5PM)
Judging – Wednesday, October 16th to October, Wednesday October 30th
Results Announced – Thursday, October 31st
Thank you to the Virginia Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference for coming up with this idea and allowing us to take it and run our own contest!!
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This year marks the 90th anniversary of the completion of the Bull Run Storage Dam 1. The construction of the storage dam was just one phase of a project to expand capacity in the Bull Run Reserve. The project was set in motion to address the growing population in the Portland metro area. To this day, the City still relies heavily on the water supply stored behind Dam 1. The Portland Archives & Records Center’s new exhibit highlights the three-year construction project that ended in 1929, and includes photographs, drawings, maps and correspondence.
Drop by our office at 1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550 to view the exhibit. If you are at City Hall, you can find a supplemental display in our exhibit case located on the 1st floor. Exhibit materials are also available through our online database Efiles. See https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/record/12971272.
In early 2018, the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) selected the artist team of Cleo Davis and Kayin Talton-Davis for the 2018 City of Portland Archives year-long Artist-in-Residence. The artists have partnered with archivists to dive deep into the City’s archival records and have created the first of their work based on their research. The exhibit is up now through the Spring of 2019. Check back later for updates on the final work produced for this residency.
This residency asks the artist to add a new dimension to the archives by applying their artistic lens to the historical records. It allows for a deep investigation into the role archives play within society and creates space for expression of an intellectual and emotional understanding of archives. This is the third in a series of public art residencies funded by the City of Portland Percent for Art Program administered by RACC.
Join us Saturday, October 20th to explore Changing Attitudes. Archives document how communities, beliefs, practices, and preferences have changed over the years. Historical records and photos can shed new light on common beliefs or explain how things have come to pass. With more than 30 organizations participating, you are guaranteed to discover something new!
Start the Crawl at any of these locations: City of Portland Archives & Records Center, the Oregon Historical Society or the Multnomah County Library. At each site you’ll find representatives from archives, special collections, and heritage organizations. “Passports” are available at each site to help guide you and provide a list of organizations. From young, old, and in-between to vintage photo lover to history buff to scholar to student to genealogist to building researcher to those who are just curious to learn something new: everyone is welcome.
To find out which organizations will be participating this year, go to the event website: portlandarchives.wordpress.com/crawl